FOR RELEASE: January 30, 2001
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(Tempe, AZ) The National Association of Purchasing Management and supply management professionals from around the world met in Tempe, AZ to discuss a recommended list of XML (extended markup language), DTDs (document type definitions), and schemas for all aspects of the total supply chain.
The initiative established has two goals: One, to accelerate the deployment of E-Commerce and two, establish a complete set of standards for the supply management field. To achieve these goals, participants were placed in specific groups that each focused on a specified area of the supply chain. Focus areas were:
Each group looked at how XML could effectively be used in each area to secure the voice of the supply management professional in the recommendation of E-Commerce standards. "We need to find commonality," said one participant. "Supply management professionals need to talk in the same language. XML allows for commonality and an easier way to conduct business across systems, softwares, and businesses." Participants aim to establish professional requirements, standards, and guidelines to better understand informational requirements relating to their field. These recommended standards will become part of the public domain to be used as educational tools in the future.
For more information on the NAPM XML initiative, visit the NAPM XML Initiative area of the site, or contact Holly Johnson, NAPM senior vice president at 800/888-6276, extension 3030.